By 300 Sandwiches
E and settled on the couch for the Seattle Seahawks/ Green Bay Packers game, and I broke a sweat from cheering so hard by the end of overtime. Go Seahawks! What? You know as a Chicago Bears fan it would have been SACRILEGE for me to root for Green Bay.
For dinner during the playoffs, I was craving something warm and tomato cheese-y, so I popped in chicken parmesan into my slow cooker before the afternoon game started, which was ready in time for the evening game.
Yes, I have made this before, when I was just 100 sandwiches in. But I wanted to do it again, because I was that hungry. Chicken parm sandwiches are perfect for game nights when you need to cook for hungry football fans. Warm, hearty and filling. Super filling. Good enough for a linebacker filling. Perfect for your Super Bowl viewing party filling.
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon (half a pinch) kosher salt
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
1/4 pound (4-5 slices) fresh mozzarella
1 24 ounce jar of marinara sauce
2 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped
1 or 2 tablespoons chili flakes (optional)
1/4 cup fresh basil
4 sandwich sized baguettes or rolls
In a crockpot, spoon in the olive oil and minced garlic.
In a medium sized bowl, combine breadcrumbs, Italian season, pepper, salt and Parmesan cheese. In another bowl, beat egg. Then, take your chicken breast (one pound of boneless skinless chicken is usually 3 or 4 good sized breasts), and coat with the egg coating first, then dip in bread crumb mixture and cover the chicken thoroughly. Place chicken at bottom of crockpot. Slice mozzarella and layer slices on top of the chicken. Then, pour bottle of marinara sauce on top of the chicken. Cover and cook for 4 hours on high heat, or 6-8 on low to medium heat. A half hour from completion, sprinkle parsley and optional chili flakes on top.
When done, toast baguette or rolls. Place bread on serving plate, then layer on chicken breast with heaping spoonful of sauce. Top with extra grated parm if you like. Layer on a few basil leaves. Serve. Makes 4 sandwiches.